FA Cup: Manchester City Haunted Yet Again By Wigan Athletic

By Aydin Reyhan
Edin Dzeko Denied a Goal
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Club Manchester City had the chance of a lifetime to avenge their FA Cup Final loss from last year when they hosted Wigan Athetlic earlier today in the quarterfinals of the same competition. This match was played at their own Etihad stadium, but the squad was weakened and it took them a lot longer than expected to wake up and take their opponents seriously.

The visitors took a 2-0 lead as the defense made mistakes that they normally would not. Then again, one center back, Martin Demichelis, is truly beginning to show his age of 33 as he is playing some truly lazy defense. He caused the opening penalty goal as he tripped up the opponent in the area. In addition, he would lazily stick a boot out to challenge younger and quicker strikers which would enable them to sprint right by him. Vincent Kompany was on the bench being given a rest due to international duty in midweek which is why he started and finished the game.

The Man City strike force were unlucky to grab tow goals through Edin Dzeko who saw his header hit the far post, then was robbed of an easy tap home as Wigan captain Emerson Boyce stuck his leg in front of the ball while sliding on the ground to deflect the shot right after the Bosnian struck.

Frustration was the biggest pet peeve of Man City as Wigan almost never let down defensively. Whether the ball arrived inside the area via the air or on the ground, they were always ready. In fact, it took a Samir Nasri dart which crept past Scott Carson due to an interference by Joleon Lescott, who blocked the keeper’s vision.

The final score was 2-1 Wigan … and this means that two years in a row have brought Man City double the amount of shock against a weaker opponent. This is a great feat for them, but for City, this is a match they will soon need to forget ahead of their huge second leg in the Champions League Round of 16 against Barcelona who they trail 2-0 after losing at home. It will take everything to get back into the tie in Spain.

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